To honor the life of a much-loved faculty member of the Department of Dance, the Estate of Dr. Linda Caldwell recently established the Dr. Linda Caldwell Scholarship Endowment in Dance with a gift to the Texas Woman’s University Foundation. In addition, family members of Dr. Caldwell’s, along with many memorial gifts, will combine for a wonderful, lasting legacy for Dr. Caldwell.
Caldwell was a performer, choreographer, writer, historian, professor, mentor, editor, peer reviewer, and supportive colleague cherished by her students and her peers. She had a love for students and education, often taking students for research and learning opportunities in Poland, a country she visited multiple times throughout her career. After an exciting life growing up in a military family and living in diverse communities Linda found a home at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she earned both her MA and MFA in dance. She choreographed and danced professionally, going on to teach at various universities until she came to TWU, earning her PhD in dance in 2002.
Joining the TWU faculty in 2005, Caldwell was instrumental in implementing the low-residential PhD program in dance. Throughout her entire 40-year teaching career, she displayed a passion for choreography and movement, possessing an innate ability to excite others about ideas. The Dr. Linda Caldwell Endowed Scholarship in Dance will provide scholarships to deserving students for many years to come, creating an enduring tribute honoring this remarkable woman and teacher.